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Vintage cars to relive their Ards TT glory days at Cultra hillclimb

By Sammy Hamill

The days of the Ards TT races and the MGs that competed there will be revived at next month's Cultra hillclimb.

Run by the Thoroughbred Sports Car Club and hosted again by the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, the historic event which was first run in 1905 in the estate where the museum is situated, will take on a Triple M theme to celebrate the pre-war Midgets, Magnas and Magnettes produced by the MG company.

It will be part of MG's Triple M Tour and will see more than 50 cars taking part, some coming from as far away as Australia as well as some that raced on the old Ards circuit where MGs won three times in the 1930s.

And in a highlight of the Triple M Tour, the cars will also drive the TT circuit, among them three which raced there - Goldie Gardner's C Type (1931), Luis Fontes' J4 (1933) and Aubrey Ashton-Rigby's L2 (1934).

Taking part, too, will be the 1933 L2 Magna that was owned and raced by Lloyd Cowdy and his sister Hilda from Banbridge in the 1930s, and subsequently owned and driven by Monte Carlo Rally winner Ronnie Adams.

The Transport Museum will also be unveiling their recently restored Berkeley sports car which will be on display at Cultra Manor during the event alongside the touring MGs.

Supported by the Ards & North Down Borough Council, the Cultra climb has a strong competitive element as well and is part of the Miller's Oil Northern Ireland championship which is currently led by Chris Houston.

He won for the first time at Cultra last year with a time of 31.93 seconds.

Taking place on June 11, there will be three parade runs up the hill throughout the day and a Sprite/Midget shoot-out to close the competition.

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